Remembering The Great War
♦Writer Ian Rankin, poet Simon Armitage and the UK’s Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard are among creators collaborating on an international comic anthology – Traces of the Great War…
Traces of the Great War is an ambitious anthology of new illustrated short stories featuring over forty internationally acclaimed comic book artists, graphic novelists and writers. The stories explore the continued relevance and resonance of the First World War and its aftermath in our lives today.
Part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the creative collaboration re-evaluates the impacts and legacy of the conflict across a diversity of cultural, geographical and narrative viewpoints. The aim is to introduce new audiences to the narrative of the Great War through the immediacy and wide appeal of the comic artform.
Featuring eighteen short stories from both the UK and around the world, Traces of the Great War includes a number of collaborations between graphic artists and writers (Dave McKean with poet Simon Armitage, Sean Phillips with novelist Ian Rankin, Charlie Adlard with Robbie Morrison) and between artists and illustrators who have never worked together before (Juan Díaz Canales and Kris, Régis Hautière and Thomas von Kummant).
Published by Image Comics, hardback price £15.00, Traces of the Great Warwill be launched at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal from 12th – 14th October 2018.
Traces of the Great War is commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, La Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale, On a Marche Sur Le Bulle and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. It is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
“This powerful new anthology brings together many of today’s most inspiring artists and writers from around the world,” says Jenny Waldman, Director, 14-18 NOW. “14-18 NOW is thrilled to co-commission this exciting project, as part of our final season inviting contemporary artists to create new work in response to the First World War.”
“We are delighted to be part of this inspiring collaborative project,” said Aileen McEvoy for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. “The quality of the artists and writers is just amazing and the diversity of the work makes this a unique anthology that will resonate with existing comic audiences and newcomers to the world of comics.”
“Comics have an amazing power to connect with people and tell stories in different ways,” added Charlie Adlard, the UK’s Comics Laureate. “I hope this anthology will reach out to new audiences and demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Great War on our lives today. It has been a privilege to be involved.”
• Tickets for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, running Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October 2018 in Kendal at various venues across the town, are on sale now from the event’s web site.
• Web: www.comicartfestival.com